SEC Digital Network
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Top-ranked Alabama had revenge on its mind entering Kyle Field on Saturday afternoon, and the Crimson Tide exacted it on Texas A&M in the form of a 49-42 win over the No. 6 Aggies.
After Texas A&M (2-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) beat the Tide in one of 2012’s most exciting games, it appeared in the early going that the Aggies picked up right where they left off. On A&M’s first two possessions, it used just 12 total plays to march 143 total yards, and the Aggies were up 14-0 less than eight minutes into the game.
But the Crimson Tide would respond in impressive fashion.
Starting with a 22-yard scoring strike to Kevin Norwood, AJ McCarron rallied Bama with three consecutive touchdown passes. T.J. Yeldon tacked on a 4-yard rushing touchdown with less than a minute to play in the second quarter, and the Tide (2-0, 1-0 SEC) had successfully run off 28 straight points for a two-touchdown cushion at the half.
Alabama appeared to be in control after taking a 21-point lead in the third quarter, but the Aggies scrapped their way back into the game and made things tight in the fourth. After Yeldon was stripped inside the 5-yard line, Johnny Manziel found Mike Evans for a 95-yard touchdown pass – part of a 279-yard performance from Evans – that trimmed the Alabama lead to just seven points.
The Tide answered yet again, however, with a nine-play, 65-yard touchdown drive to put the game out of reach.
Both quarterbacks played stellar games, with McCarron throwing for 334 yards and four touchdowns, and Manziel finishing with 464 yards and five scores. The Bama defense managed to pick off Manziel twice, which helped swing things in Alabama’s favor.
Passing – Johnny Manziel, 28-for-39, 464 yards, 5 TD, 2 INT
Rushing – Johnny Manziel, 14 car, 98 yards
Receiving – Mike Evans, 7 rec, 279 yards, TD
Passing – AJ McCarron, 20-for-29, 334 yards, 4 TD
Rushing – T.J. Yeldon, 25 car, 149 yards, TD
Receiving – DeAndrew White, 4 rec, 82 yards, TD
• Alabama now leads the all-time series between the teams, 4-2.
• Alabama finished the day with 234 rushing yards. The Tide is now 52-0 since 2008 when rushing for more than 140 yards in a game.
• Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin is no 7-4 in his career against ranked opponents.
• The Tide has now won 16 straight road games, the longest active streak in the FBS.